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Broadcast TV Cheat Sheet: What’s Renewed, Canceled, or in Limbo?



The 2020-21 Broadcast TV season is one of the most unique seasons in recent memory.


With TV shows starting much later, airing with bigger breaks in between episodes, and some shows still unaccounted for, there is much debate about what will actually be on the air next season.


Ratings are down across the board, and some shows are in danger because of things like contract negotiations.


Have a look below at our list of which shows are renewed, canceled, and in limbo. We’ll also speak about their prospects for renewal.


9-1-1 – FOX – Certain Renewal


9-1-1 Season 4 is down almost 20 percent in the demo this season, averaging a 1.1 rating along with 6.8 million total viewers.


As has been the case for its run to date, the drama is a force to be reckoned with in delayed viewing.


It’s a matter of when, not if it will be renewed. It’s FOX’s highest-rated and most-watched scripted show.


That counts for a lot when it comes to these decisions.


9-1-1: Lone Star – FOX – Certain Renewal


9-1-1: Lone Star Season 2 took a hit by moving to the later slot, but it’s holding up fairly well.


5.7 million viewers and a 0.9 rating out of the parent series is decent enough to stick around, especially in today’s TV climate.


Like its predecessor, it builds a lot in delayed viewing, so expect a renewal soon.


The Simpsons – FOX – Renewed


The Simpsons is averaging 2.4 million viewers and a 0.8 rating in the demo.


That makes it the network’s highest-rated comedy and third highest-rated scripted series overall.


It will be around for as long as FOX wants it and could potentially move to Hulu or Disney+ when FOX no longer sees the value in renewing it.


The Great North – FOX – Renewed


It may not be as buzzy as the other animated series on the network, but it’s holding up well.


2 million viewers and a 0.7 rating is decent for any network these days.


That shows how far the broadcast networks have fallen.


Family Guy – FOX – Renewed


The series stopped being funny years ago, but it still makes money.


It has been renewed with its 1.7 million viewers and a 0.6 rating.


How long will the show stick around?


The Resident – FOX – Likely Renewal


The Resident Season 4 is averaging 3.7 million viewers and a 0.6 rating in the demo.


Yes, it’s down in the demo, but most shows are.


The positive is that it’s FOX’s third highest-rated drama and does well in delayed viewing.


Call Me Kat – FOX – Could Go Either Way


This remake of the hit UK comedy has been a decent performer.


It lost a lot post-premiere but managed to stabilize quickly. It ultimately averaged 2.6 million viewers and a 0.6 rating.


Its future will hinge on what FOX plans to do with comedies next season.


Bob’s Burgers – FOX – Renewed


A Bob’s Burgers movie has been in the works for some time, so it makes sense that the series is sticking around.


It is averaging 1.4 million viewers and a 0.6 rating.


Not great, but not terrible either.


Bless the Hearts – FOX – Canceled


It’s down almost 50% year-to-year, but FOX has a thing for lower-rated animated series.


The 1.3 million and 0.5 rating put it on par with some of the network’s other animated series.


The network officially swung the axe in April 2021.


Last Man Standing – FOX – Ending


The Tim Allen-fronted comedy is wrapping up after 9 seasons.


It is down almost 40% in its final season, averaging 2.6 million viewers and a 0.5 rating.


Not great, but the show is ending on its own terms, which is always good.


Prodigal Son – FOX – Likely Cancellation


The move to Tuesdays has not been good for this serial killer drama.


It’s averaging 2.2 million viewers and a 0.4 rating.


Unfortunately, these numbers probably won’t be enough to keep it around into 2022.


LA’s Finest – Canceled


LA’s Finest Season 1 was an inexpensive acquisition, but Spectrum canceled the show after two seasons.


It averaged 1.8 million viewers and a 0.4 rating.


FOX could air the second season, but it won’t be back for a third.


Filthy Rich – FOX – Canceled


The soapy drama was delayed from its original launch as the network navigated a pandemic era.


It averaged 1.6 million viewers and a 0.3 rating.


Not good enough to continue.


The Moodys – FOX – Certain Cancellation


Many people probably don’t know this limited series is even back on the air.


The two-episode season premiere averaged just 1 million viewers and a 0.3 rating in the demo.


Unless it miraculously doubles in the demo, it won’t be back.


neXt – FOX – Canceled


The high-concept thriller failed to get much traction after a huge delay.


It averaged 1.2 million viewers and a 0.2 rating. These numbers would be great for The CW, but not FOX.


Hey, at least it got an ending.


Law & Order: Organized Crime – NBC – Certain Renewal


Christopher Meloni’s return to the franchise got fans talking.


The first episode made it NBC’s most-watched and highest-rated series.


It started with 7.9 million viewers and a 1.6 rating and could drop a lot to even be considered a tossup.


This Is Us – NBC – Renewed


The NBC juggernaut is way down in the ratings this season.


It is averaging 5.9 million viewers and a 1.1 rating. It is already renewed.


The next season is likely it for the series.


Chicago Fire – NBC – Renewed


Chicago Fire remains a solid option for NBC.


Averaging 7.3 million viewers and a 1.0 rating, it is still one of the network’s most-watched scripted shows.


It will be around for the years to come.


Chicago Med – NBC – Renewed


This hit spinoff is pulling in ratings on par with its parent series.


Averaging 7.5 million viewers and a 1.0 rating according to most recent results, so it’s no slouch in the ratings.


It has also been renewed.


Chicago PD – NBC – Renewed


This beloved series continues to pull in decent numbers in a difficult slot.


6.2 million viewers and a 0.9 rating is where we’re at for the current season.


It’s renewed. Hooray, right?


Law & Order: SVU – Renewed – NBC


It’s NBC’s only series to rise year-to-year.


Currently averaging 4.2 million viewers and a 0.8 rating, it is another solid performer.


Yep, already renewed!


Young Rock – NBC – Likely Renewal


This comedy was a big swing for NBC.


It’s averaging 3.4 million viewers and a 0.7 rating, but it will come down to NBC’s comedy needs next season.


It should be back.


Manifest – NBC – Likely Renewal


The series moved to a new timeslot this season and kicked off with ratings on par with its previous season average.


It’s doing 4 million viewers and a 0.7 rating.


The series has always been a heavy hitter in delayed viewing, so expect much more from it.


Kenan – NBC – Could Go Either Way


The series is averaging 2.6 million viewers and a 0.5 rating.


While this isn’t terrible, it loses a considerable chunk of the audience and demo from Young Rock.


It’s on the bubble for renewal or cancellation.


Mr. Mayor – NBC – Renewed


This Ted Danson-fronted comedy drew critical praise but average ratings.


It had 3.4 million viewers and a 0.5 rating for its freshman run.


NBC rewarded it with a renewal, so it must like the delayed viewing figures.


New Amsterdam – NBC – Renewed


This Ryan Eggold-led medical drama is down double-digits this season.


It was off the air for a long time between seasons, so it makes sense.


But it’s averaging 3.9 million viewers and a 0.5 rating and gets a lot of viewers post-airdate, so it’s in good shape.


Already renewed.


Superstore – NBC – Ended


After six seasons, NBC pulled the plug on Superstore.


Its final season averaged 2.3 million viewers and a 0.5 rating.


Probably the right time to end it, right?


Transplant – NBC – Renewed


This Canadian import pulled in respectable ratings (3.5 million/0.4 rating).


Expectations for imported shows are not as high.


The series was a moderate success.


Debris – NBC – Likely Cancellation


Jonathan Tucker’s return to the small screen will probably be short-lived.


This new drama is doing 3.1 million viewers and a 0.4 rating — losing a lot of its lead-in in the process.


Unless the show is a breakout success in delayed viewing, it could return, but the odds are stacked against it right now.


Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist – Could Go Either Way


The series has never been a heavy hitter, but 2.1 million viewers and a 0.4 rating is not good.


The two most recent episodes have slumped to just over a million viewers and a 0.2 rating.


NBC has been open about the series being a digital success.


With the critical acclaim, it could be back, but if the ratings don’t tick up I’ll be losing hope in the next few weeks.


The Blacklist – NBC – Renewed


This Friday drama is averaging just 3.4 million viewers and a 0.4 rating.


It remains profitable for the network through international sales and, of course, delayed viewing.


Could it be heading into its next season? Yes, but we should never count the series out.


Good Girls – NBC – Likely Renewal


In its fourth season, the series is doing 1.5 million viewers and a 0.4 rating — not great, but it was enough to get renewed last year.


The series has a lucrative deal with Netflix and actually topped the streaming charts a few weeks ago. There’s an audience for this, but it doesn’t watch live.


It should be back.


Connecting… – NBC – Canceled


The series was charming, but viewers were over the Zoom-produced content pretty quickly.


It averaged 1.5 million viewers and a 0.3 rating.


Nurses – NBC – Could Go Either Way


As a cheap acquisition, 2.3 million viewers and a 0.3 rating is not bad.


But NBC could probably do better, so I only expect more episodes of this to make it to the U.S. if there’s another shortage of content next season.


Other than that, it’s probably toast.


Grey’s Anatomy – ABC – Could Go Either Way


This is a tough one. Grey’s Anatomy Season 17 feels like the end.


The series has slowly been bringing the arcs full circle and Ellen Pompeo’s contract is up.


Recent episodes have dipped considerably in the ratings, but it’s still averaging 5.5 million viewers and a 1.1 rating.


This will probably come down to the wire, but I wouldn’t be surprised for it to end this year or get a truncated final season.


Station 19 – ABC – Certain Renewal


Yes, it’s down, but 5.5 million viewers and a 0.9 rating is decent.


The series is newer than Grey’s so the production costs are not as high.


If Grey’s ends, many of the characters could move over, so there’s no reason to expect this one to go this year.


The Goldbergs – ABC – Likely Renewal


The comedy is averaging 3.6 million viewers and a 0.7 rating.


It is still a decent performer, and it’s hard to imagine ABC wanting to end it without a pre-planned conclusion.


It will probably be back.


The Conners – ABC – Likely Renewal


This Roseanne spinoff has lost a lot of ground in recent ratings.


But 3.7 million viewers and a 0.6 rating is decent. Unless the final few episodes of the season fall apart, it should be back.


Do you still watch?


Big Sky – ABC – Certain Renewal


The series may feature bizarre twists, but for a 10 p.m. drama, the numbers are solid.


3.9 million viewers and a 0.6 rating is decent for any show in that slot in this day and age.


It also gets a substantial boost in delayed viewing.


The Good Doctor – ABC – Certain Renewal


The slippery slope in the ratings continues, but its latest drop is on par with the rest of ABC’s slate.


4.3 million viewers and a 0.6 rating leaves it in good standing for a renewal.


ABC might want to move it to a new slot next season, however.


American Housewife – ABC – Could Go Either Way


ABC has some big decisions to make and marginally rated comedies are continually on the bubble.


3 million viewers and a 0.6 rating is decent, but it will come down to the network’s comedy needs.


The show is getting more expensive due to its age.


A Million Little Things – ABC – Likely Renewal


Yes, the series is down quite a bit.


On Thursdays, it’s averaged 3.3 million viewers and a 0.5 rating.


The big test will be whether those viewers follow it to Wednesdays.


Black-ish – ABC – Likely Renewal


This series has been a decent performer for years, and it’s down only slightly this season.


It is averaging 2.5 million viewers and a 0.5 rating.


Not bad, and ABC will probably keep it around for at least one more season.


The Rookie – ABC – Likely Renewal


The sporadic scheduling is not doing the show any favors. It’s down 25% year-to-year, but it’s also on Sundays, a much tougher night.


It is currently averaging 3.7 million viewers and a 0.5 rating.


It should be back.


Mixed-ish – ABC – Could Go Either Way


This black-ish spinoff is down quite a bit, averaging 2.1 million viewers and a 0.4 rating.


ABC might want to keep the two shows together, but if that isn’t the case, the series will probably get the boot.


Would you miss it?


Call Your Mother – ABC – Certain Cancellation


It looks to be another one-and-done for Kyra Sedgwick.


This comedy series is averaging 2.5 million viewers and a 0.4 rating.


It will not be back, unfortunately.


For Life – ABC – Likely Cancellation


The series is great, but the numbers are not.


It is currently averaging 1.8 million viewers and a 0.4 rating.


It’s hard to imagine it returning.


The Equalizer – CBS – Renewed


This update starring Queen Latifah is averaging 9.8 million viewers and a 1.5 rating in the demo, becoming the network’s top-rated scripted series.


It snagged an early renewal for Season 2.


It’s a lot of fun!


FBI – CBS – Renewed


Yes, FBI was the beginning of a big franchise for CBS.


The series is averaging 7.9 million viewers and a 0.9 rating in the demo — right on par with last season.


There’s a lot of life in the franchise yet.


NCIS: – CBS – Renewed


NCIS should be a certain renewal, but with Mark Harmon’s contract up, there’s no telling what could happen.


It is averaging 9.7 million viewers and a 0.9 rating.


The ratings spell renewal, but there’s a lot more to consider with such a long-running show.


UPDATE: Renewed


The Neighborhood – CBS – Renewed


This hilarious comedy has been a bright spot for CBS on Mondays.


It is down a little this season — averaging 5.7 million viewers and a 0.8 rating.


But it is the network’s highest-rated comedy so it has been renewed for next season.


Young Sheldon – CBS – Renewed for Three Seasons!


This spinoff of The Big Bang Theory is down quite a bit this season.


It is averaging 7.3 million viewers and a 0.8 rating, but CBS still believes in the value of the franchise.


It has been renewed for another three seasons.


Bob Hearts Abishola – CBS – Renewed


This sophomore comedy has held up well out of The Neighborhood.


Most recent results put it at 5.3 million viewers and a 0.7 rating.


It will be back next season.


Mom – CBS – Canceled


This long-running comedy got canceled earlier this year.


It is averaging 5.1 million viewers and a 0.6 rating.


It’s unclear whether the finale will feature much closure due to the cancellation coming as a surprise.


FBI: Most Wanted – CBS – Renewed


This spinoff of FBI softened considerably in its second season, but in the 10/9c slot, it still packed a punch.


It ultimately averaged 5.8 million viewers and a 0.6 rating.


CBS has ordered a third FBI-set series, so it’s making another franchise.


NCIS: Los Angeles – CBS – Likely Renewal


CBS has made some questionable decisions this season, but the Los Angeles-set spinoff of NCIS should be back.


It is currently averaging 5.6 million viewers and a 0.6 rating.


We’d be surprised if this one is let go this season.


United States of Al – CBS – Could Go Either Way


This freshman series averaging 5.3 million viewers and a 0.6 rating through two episodes.


But the true test will be where it lands in a few weeks.


What are your thoughts on the show?


B Positive – CBS – Could Go Either Way


This freshman comedy is averaging 4.9 million viewers and a 0.6 rating.


It was moved to a new slot recently and numbers have slipped.


If it can recover, it could be renewed, but it also could go the other way.


Magnum P.I. – CBS – Renewed


With CBS canceling several long-running shows, MacGyver has hardly been a breakout performer.


It has dropped double-digits this season to 5.6 million viewers and a 0.5 rating, with ratings on par with the canceled MacGyver.


Do you think it should be back?


UPDATE: Renewed


Blue Bloods – CBS – Renewed


The series is aging and CBS has been known to end these shows without pre-planned final seasons.


Blue Bloods is averaging 6.4 million viewers and a 0.5 rating — not bad for Fridays.


But the network has been picking up a lot of shows recently, including a CSI revival, which could be a part of a revamped Friday sked next season.


This one is on the bubble … for now.


Update: Renewed


NCIS: New Orleans – CBS – Canceled


The first big cancellation of the season was NCIS: New Orleans, which is averaging 4.8 million viewers and a 0.5 rating.


Given that CBS is working on NCIS: Hawaii, this cancellation was inevitable.


Will you miss it?


MacGyver – Canceled – CBS


This was a head-scratching cancellation, for sure.


The series is not that old and regularly wins its slot. It is averaging 4.8 million viewers and a 0.5 rating.


It’s unclear whether the series finale will be a conclusive ending.


SEAL Team – CBS – Could Go Either Way


The series has continued to drop this season.


4.1 million viewers and a 0.5 rating is not strong, and CBS could probably do better.


But then again, several shows have already been let go this season. Unless CBS is cleaning house, it might snag a pickup.


All Rise – CBS – Likely Cancellation


All Rise is in a precarious position. It is not fully owned by CBS, and is down quite a bit this year.


It is averaging 4.2 million viewers and a 0.5 rating in the demo. It had considerable buzz last season, but it all seems to have disappeared after a lengthy hiatus.


It’s probably toast.


Bull – CBS – Renewed


Every single time we rule Bull out, it returns.


The series is averaging 5 million viewers and a 0.5 rating.


It is aging, but it does well internationally, which could clinch a renewal.


UPDATE: Renewed


The Unicorn – CBS – Likely Cancellation


It was once a bright spot in its Thursday slot for CBS, but the numbers have fallen this year.


3.6 million viewers and a 0.5 rating will probably not be enough to stick around.


There are much better offerings for the network.


SWAT – CBS – Renewed


3.2 million viewers and a 0.4 rating. Need we say more?


CBS is not going to want to keep the series around unless it makes them a lot in other revenue streams.


For now, it’s toast.


UPDATE: Renewed


Clarice – CBS – Could Go Either Way


EVIL didn’t do much better last season and CBS kept it on the air.


Clarice is averaging 3.3 million viewers and a 0.4 rating.


It’s not in good shape, but it could be nurtured into a hit with some more promotion and a better timeslot.


All American – CW – Renewed


The Netflix effect continues to help All American.


In its third season, the series is averaging 0.8 million viewers and a 0.3 rating — the network’s best showing in the demo.


It has been renewed and a spinoff is in the works.


Superman & Lois – CW – Renewed


This new direction for the Arrowverse has been a breath of fresh air.


It is averaging 1.3 million viewers and a 0.3 rating in the demo.


It landed an expanded episode order and an early renewal.


Walker – CW – Renewed


This reboot is averaging 1.7 million viewers and a 0.3 rating.


It will be around for a while yet since the network has picked up a second season.


What are your thoughts on it so far?


The Flash – CW – Renewed


The network’s longest-running Arrowverse sereis is averaging 1 million viewers and a 0.3 rating.


There is no end in sight and it’s already renewed.


Hooray, right?


Kung Fu – CW – Likely Renewal


This reboot has improved the Wednesday at 8/7c slot considerably.


It launched with 1.4 million viewers and a 0.2 rating. Hopefully it holds up.


It’s in good shape for now.


Supergirl – CW – Ending


Six seasons is a decent run.


The hit superhero drama is averaging 0.7 million viewers and a 0.2 rating.


It ends for good later this year.


Riverdale – CW – Renewed


This once-hot series is averaging 0.5 million viewers and a 0.1 rating.


It has always been a strong digital performer.


It will be back for Season 6!


Legacies – CW – Renewed


This spinoff of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals may be geared towards a much younger audience, but it’s not doing well in the ratings at all.


0.6 million viewers and a 0.1 rating is not good.


Thanks to The CW looking at more metrics than live ratings, it has been renewed.


Batwoman – CW – Renewed


The series said goodbye to Ruby Rose and hello to Javicia Leslie.


Like most CW shows, the ratings are down. Season 2 is averaging 0.6 million viewers and a 0.1 rating.


It has been picked up for next season.


Black Lightning – CW – Ending


The series has never been a heavy hitter in the ratings and has dropped 40% season-to-season.


It will end with its current fourth season.


A Painkiller spinoff remains in the works.


Nancy Drew – CW – Renewed


The CW hosts full seasons of the series on its streaming service.


The live ratings (0.5 million/0.1 rating) are weak, but it must get a lot of streams.


It has been renewed and a spinoff is in the works.


Charmed – CW – Renewed


This reboot has been dipping on Sunday nights.


It is averaging 0.4 million viewers and a 0.1 rating — down 50% in the demo.


It has been renewed, but the network is moving it back to Fridays to see if the ratings pick up.

Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.





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